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Airs Monday, December 26, at 8-10 p.m. All that survives from the "golden age" of Yiddish radio in the 1930s to '50s are a thousand fragile discs, rescued from storerooms, attics, and even dumpsters. But what a story they tell! The Yiddish Radio Project is a celebration of these recordings and of the forgotten geniuses and dreamers who created them.

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Airs Monday, December 19, at 9 p.m. This is a special holiday concert with Howard University's premiere vocal ensemble Afro Blue, and special guest pianist Cyrus Chestnut. The a-cappela group performs a variety of holiday songs including African-American spirituals, jazz and pop tunes, and classical repertoire. The joyous celebration includes one of a kind arrangements on traditional holiday songs plus new compositions... music perfect for the holidays and the spirit of Christmas. Hosted by Michele Norris. 

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Airs Sunday, December 11, at 6 p.m. When young adults set out to pick a college back in 2010 and 2011, they were making a decision of a lifetime amid big financial obstacles: soaring tuition and the great recession. And as they progressed through their college careers, a debate over the value of college grew louder.

Airs Thursday, December 31, at 8 p.m. The New Year’s tradition continues with jazz you can party to all night long. Toast of the Nation 2014/2015 will travel to the Newport Jazz Festival, Winter Jazzfest, New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. There are no live segments this year, but don’t worry, you can still enjoy festive jazz sets with countdowns in 3 time zones. It’s sure to be a non-stop celebration of musical fireworks that will keep you dancing and swinging all night long. Hosted by WBGO’s Rhonda Hamilton.

Airs Tuesday, December 31 at 8 p.m. Toast of the Nation 2013-14 will make New Year's Eve stops in Boston, Washington DC, New York, Chicago, Denver and the Monterey Jazz Festival!  Stand by to see the performers, but expect the likes of the Donald Harrison Quintet, Cecile McLorin Salvant and the Aaron Diehl Trio, Wynton Marsalis Septet reunion, Paquito D'Rivera String Quartet, Convergence with Special Guest Larry Goldings, and Bobby McFerrin's spirityouall (line-up to be confirmed within a few days).